Meet the staff of Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Pippa Hodge is one of the founding staff members of VTEA, a CanTRA Coach and Examiner, and a Registered Physiotherapist specializing in Clinical Hippotherapy.
Talented in all areas of horsemanship, Julie’s particular gift is understanding the non-verbal communication between horse and human. Julie has achieved Rider Level 5 Equine Canada Status, and is certified in Equine Massage.
Donna, Instructor and Volunteer Co-ordinator, has owned horses since childhood. She grew up riding multiple disciplines and is now training third level dressage with her beautiful mare, Bella. Her passion for these majestic soul-healing animals motivated her to become involved in therapeutic riding almost 30 years ago. Her amazement never ends at the transformation horses can make in our lives!
Certification: CTRII, PATH Registered Instructor, Equine Sciences Humber College, ON.
Kim Yawney came to VTEA as a volunteer in August 2008 and in October was hired on as Office Coordinator. In 2010 she started with fill-in teaching for the instructors, got her certification in 2013, and continues to teach now.
Kim has 4 horses of her own and knows how therapeutic they are to her life. The best part of her job is seeing the bright eyes, smiles, confidence and self-esteem that horses bring to riders.
Lindy Mayer is a CanTRA Basic Instructor and has her own horse, Rosie, in the VTEA program. She has 15 years experience in the District 43 Special Education Department, does community support work specializing in autism, and is a braillist.
Lindy also is a volunteer instructor at North Fraser Therapeutic.
Music Program Specialist
Carolyn Canfield Cole has created the Violin for Wellness Program to use live violin as a gateway tool to add sparkle and engagement for better therapeutic outcomes for disabilities, PTSD, grief, and other at-risk populations.
Carolyn plays with Vancouver Opera, various small ensembles, teaches private violin and continues to share the many ways the violin can help others: disabilities, at-risk youth, and fundraisers for causes. Find out more about this program.
Courtney Prue has been a valuable member of our staff since 2014. She was raised around horses and has been riding for 20 years, which explains her calm and supportive way with the horses and riders. Engaged in her work, her ethic is to make the extra effort so that everything runs smoothly.
April Linke has been VTEA’s General Manager since September 2016. With a background in banking, management, marketing and sales, she also has 25 years experience working with people with disabilities.
Interested in joining our team? Check out our Job Postings.